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  1. Joe Saunders is in The Best — and the sexiest — Shape of His Life

    Feb 21, 2012, 8:50 AM EDT

    Joe Saunders

    But first, a word from Indians President Mark Shapiro.

  2. Brad Penny is going to be in the best shape of his life

    Nov 15, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    Brad Penny

    If you’ve been reading my stuff for a while, you know that I obsessively track those players who are reported to be “in the best shape of their life” each spring. Best Shape of His Life stories can take a couple of different forms. There’s the straightforward “Player X is looking good” story which, if…

  3. A-Rod is “finding that his calling in life is business”

    May 14, 2014, 3:00 PM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez AP

    And maybe — just maybe — he’s in . . . The Best Shape of His Life.

  4. Great. I got traded to the Phillies. Even though I was in the Best Shape of My Life.

    Mar 13, 2014, 4:28 PM EDT

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    Schroeder: What do you mean Craig Calcaterra wasn’t so great?  Lucy: He never got his picture on bubblegum cards, did he? Have you ever seen his picture on a bubblegum card? Hmmm? How can you say someone is great who’s never had his picture on bubblegum cards?  Schroeder: Good grief.  Take that, Lucy: This awesomeness…

  5. Mike Scioscia is in Better Shape at this Point in His Life

    Feb 26, 2014, 1:30 PM EDT

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    This is not a Best Shape of His Life story, as it is clear that Angels manager Mike Scioscia’s BSOHL was back when he was a major league ballplayer.  But he is doing a lot better this year: Mike Scioscia looks great this spring. He says he lost 34 pounds, hoping to lose 60 in…

  6. The 32 best calls in sports history (and a Scully vs. Buck debate)

    Oct 16, 2013, 4:17 PM EDT

    Kirk Gibson Dodgers home run

    This is about Vin Scully and Jack Buck, but I kind of got lost along the way. Hey, it happens. Three years ago, I posted (with a great deal of help from my editor Larry Burke) the 32 best calls in sports history. In going back to find it, I realized that those 32 calls…

  7. Bryce Harper plans to get “as big as a house” this offseason

    Sep 30, 2013, 4:46 PM EDT

    Bryce Harper

    Bryce Harper has his eye on joining the annual Best Shape Of His Life list, telling Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post that he plans to lift tons of weights this offseason and get “as big as a house” by the time spring training rolls around. Harper also told Kilgore that the nagging knee and…

  8. Lance Lynn shows that being in the Best Shape of Your Life has some disadvantages

    Mar 18, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Lance Lynn works from the mound against the New York Yankees in Tampa

    Like, how to pitch without 40 pounds you used to have on that frame of yours. Derrick Goold of the Post-Dispatch reports: Lynn’s slimmer physique has given him more flexibility in his windup, and the results have been inconsistent as he tries to get used to the movements of his lighter look. “When you have a…

  9. Jay Bruce is in the Same Shape of His Life He’s Always Been In

    Jan 23, 2013, 4:14 PM EDT

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    C. Trent Rosecrans spoke to Reds outfielder Jay Bruce about the kind of shape he’s in. This is new: from @jayabruce: ‘I know everyone this time of year says they’re in the best shape of their life — i’m in the same shape.’ — ctrent (@ctrent) January 23, 2013   It makes me happy that…

  10. John Farrell: Adam Lind was out of shape

    Jun 11, 2012, 5:31 PM EDT

    Adam Lind

    Uh-oh, someone was not in the Best Shape of His Life when he was demoted to Las Vegas. That someone was the Blue Jays Adam Lind Farrell implies Lind wasn’t in shape when sent down, affected range and bat speed, but also said he did his core strengthening religiously. — Mike Wilner (@Wilnerness590) June 11,…

  11. Joe Maddon is shaving his head for charity

    Mar 9, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    Joe Maddon

    Aside from reporting to camp in “The Best Shape Of His Life” shaving your head for charity might be the biggest trend of spring training this year. Jose Reyes did it first, live on MLB Network no less, and then Josh Johnson did it with considerably less fanfare. And now Rays manager Joe Maddon is…

  12. Adam Dunn on his “one stupid year”

    Jan 25, 2012, 9:27 AM EDT

    Adam Dunn

    There’s a good story about Adam Dunn by Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times today. Van Schouwen caught up with Dunn at home in Houston and talked about the train wreck that was Dunn’s 2011 season and how he feels he’s going to get back on track for 2012. Note: there is some flirting…

  13. Chipper Jones is feeling his age

    Jan 10, 2012, 11:45 AM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Washington Nationals

    Over at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Carroll Rogers has a Q&A with Chipper Jones.  There’s some stuff in there about how he’s lost a bunch of weight and is eating better, but I can’t in good conscience say that he’s In the Best Shape of His Life.  Because Jones — who has always come off as…

  14. Carlos Gutierrez is in the best shape of his — wait! The best shape EVER

    Nov 30, 2011, 4:12 PM EDT

    Carlos Gutierrez

    Best shape of my life? Ha!  Try this on for size. From La Velle Neal: [Carlos] Gutierrez, I’ve been told, has rededicated himself to conditioning during the offseason and wants to come to camp in the best shape ever. He reported last year noticeably heavier. He could be a bullpen wild card if he can…

  15. In the future, more players will be in the best shape of their lives

    Oct 10, 2011, 11:33 AM EDT

    Atlas

    Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has a story about how the Pirates are going to emphasize offseason conditioning for their players this year.  In linking it, Buster Olney makes a good point that, while probably obvious, isn’t something we hear too much about over the winter: You’ll be hearing this kind of thing more…

  16. Oh good: Miguel Cabrera gets his driver’s license back

    May 31, 2011, 9:14 AM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera mugshot

    Miguel Cabrera‘s Maserati goes one-eighty-five. Got back his license, now he can drive. Life’s been good to him so far: Florida officials have returned Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera’s driver’s license, but he still faces DUI charges. The Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Department determined Friday there wasn’t enough evidence to prove Cabrera had been…

  17. Daisuke Matsuzaka is getting lit up this spring

    Mar 10, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    Daisuke Matsuzaka

    Yes, we know he’s in the best shape of his life and yes we know that spring stats aren’t supposed to mean anything, but Daisuke Matsuzaka‘s spring hasn’t been too encouraging. He got lit up for five runs in 3.2 innings against the Rays today, which brings his ERA on the spring up to 11.42.  What’s…

  18. Alex Rodriguez dropped 10 pounds this winter

    Feb 20, 2011, 1:31 PM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez, Andruw Jones

    Alex Rodriguez might not be in the proverbial “best shape of his life,” but he did show up to Yankees camp this weekend with a trimmer self. According to Buster Olney of ESPN.com, the 35-year-old Rodriguez dropped from 233 pounds to 223 pounds this offseason and slid his body fat from 12 percent to nine…

  19. Jose Tabata “worked out in the gym every day this winter”

    Jan 13, 2011, 10:21 AM EDT

    Neil Walker, Jose Tabata

    It looks like we can add Pirates outfielder Jose Tabata to the ever-growing pool of players “in the best shape of their life.” Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review writes that Tabata “has bulked up noticeably” during the offseason “and it’s muscle, not fat.” One teammate called Tabata “a beast” after getting a look…

  20. Quote of the Day: McCann on getting in shape

    Feb 19, 2010, 11:44 AM EDT

    Brian McCann, when asked whether he lost weight during the offseason: No, I just rearranged it. I’m still 235. Judging from the reports flooding in across baseball, McCann might be the only player who isn’t “in the best shape of his life.”

  21. Darin Erstad may have made his last scrappy out

    Feb 11, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

    When productive veteran outfielders like Johnny Damon and Jermaine Dye are having trouble finding work it makes sense that not-so-productive veteran outfielders like Darin Erstad may be headed for retirement. Bill Plunkett of the Orange Country Register recently spoke the Erstad, who “sounded like a happy father, perfectly content if he never plays another major-league…

  22. CC Sabathia to have season-ending surgery on Tuesday

    Jul 18, 2014, 5:11 PM EDT

    CC Sabathia

    Call it two lost years for Sabathia now.

  23. White Sox designate Scott Downs for assignment

    Jun 27, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

    Scott Downs White Sox

    Veteran reliever Scott Downs was designated for assignment by the White Sox in a move that Dan Dayes of CSNChicago.com says came “much to the dismay of his teammates.”

  24. The Home Run Summer of ’54

    Mar 31, 2014, 3:15 PM EDT

    1954

    Joe Posnanski tells the story of the man who hit .400 with 72 homers in The Home Run Summer of ’54.

  25. And now something non-snarky about player weight

    Feb 25, 2014, 12:30 PM EDT

    BSHOL 2

    We laugh at the Best Shape of His Life reports and we shake our heads in confusion at how someone like Jesus Montero can’t seem to take care of himself. But despite its status as an amusing spring training evergreen, player weight it a big deal to them and their teams. Adam Kilgore wrote a…

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